Type: Sport
FA: Ken Trout and Guy Lord, 1989
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Jun 28, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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My favorite climb on Ridge 4, Killer Elite takes the face just left of Pinch. The climbing starts in a shallow alcove off a flat base. A thin, left-facing corner is actually taken on the face to the left, with the fingers in the corner. The corner fades away with a reachy traverse left before kicking straight up to the anchor. Chase upwards on a relentless series of thin fingery edges and crystals. For its grade, Killer Elite is fantastically continuous. I thought that it possessed at least 5 sequences at 5.11c, perhaps even six. The moves right off the deck are just a tad easier than everything else. The sequences are tricky, the feet are bad, and the moves are absolutely Killer. Three stars for the great moves, excellent stone, and relentless continuity. The route has no 5.12 moves on it, so someone else may down rate it to 5.11+.


QDs only and something for the double bolt anchor at the top.

Poison Ivy Alert

Per Ken Trout: in winter, look for the white berries on poison ivy....


Richard Wright, don't you mean a reachy traverse to the right instead of to the left? I recall a huge move to the right out of the shallow corner.

Great route - I am jonesing to get back up there and do this line again.

Rich Nov 12, 2003
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
Hmmm.... One part of the brain for remembering, one for food, one for something else.... Right off the bat there may be a big move right and then back left, as you indicate Rich. What sticks in my "mind" was the left trend followed by the tweaky moves up the center. Actually, one does move around a bit on the face, but none of these constitute route finding problems. Chase the chalk, chase the bolts. It would be fun to get back up there; I haven't climbed KE in several years. Nov 12, 2003
The thing I do remember most, was how hard it was to find a clearing in all the posion ivy big enough to flake my rope out and get my belayer in! Nov 13, 2003
Chris Archer
Chris Archer  
Great route, but why the name change? When I first did this route in '89 or so it was know as Killer Elite. Also, isn't there another route named Ms. Coolie's Saloon on Eldorado Mountain? May 5, 2008
desbien   seattle,wa
The route's been up for nine years, but it felt like some of those flakes were going to rip off. Otherwise really fun and I think the geek out (see above thread) about the traverse right after the undercling is well warranted. I still can't tell if that stuff is poison ivy or something else. The internet provides enough variations of the plant that anything can be identified as poison ivy.... May 11, 2008
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
In winter, look for the white berries on poison ivy.... BTW, Miss Coolies Saloon is a route I helped Guy Lords with, somewhere back there. Killer Elite is not ours at all. I really liked the FA guys, but you must ask Rolofson for the names. Jan 7, 2018